Sunday, August 15, 2021




The Argonauts (Nelson) meets See A Grown Man Cry/Now Watch Him Die (Rollins) in this raw & rattling Memoir-meets-Chapbook spanning more than 10 years of writing! Rummagings of journals, shoebox scraps, forgotten notes, and letters to loved ones come together to tell one writer's coming-of-age and his quest for unconditional self-love by dissecting his darkness. Each one-year chapter explores love, regret, identity, existence, ambition, depression, and the insanity of it all, neatly coming to a close with Constantine Dhonau's fireside banter of contextual backstory for each chapter.

Book Details

Title: Collateral Inentions

Author: Constantine Dhonau

Genre: memoir, poetry

Published: June 1, 2021

Print length: 220 pages


A few of your favorite things: bathrobe, slippers.

Things you need to throw out: bathrobe, slippers.

Things you need in order to write: space.

Things that hamper your writing: self-criticism.

Things you love about writing: clearing my head.

Things you hate about writing: overthinking it after the fact.

Easiest thing about being a writer: sharing an experience.

Hardest thing about being a writer: a blank page.

Things you love about where you live: enormous mountains.

Things that make you want to move: small town dating pool.

Things you never want to run out of: gratitude, hope, choice.

Things you wish you’d never bought: meme stocks.

Words that describe you: sharp, gritty, quiet, loud, observant, pointed, driven.

Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: stoic, lax, lazy, critical.

Favorite foods: mangoes, pistachio & dark chocolate chip ice cream, Rueben sandwiches.

Things that make you want to throw up: cheese, anchovies & whipped cream.

Favorite music or song: punk, EDM, rap.

Music that make your ears bleed: jam bands.

Favorite smell: exhaust from the dryer.

Something that makes you hold your nose: freshly-emptied alley dumpsters.

Something you’re really good at: keeping quiet.

Something you’re really bad at: keeping quiet.

Something you wish you could do: teleport.

Something you wish you’d never learned to do: procrastinate.

Something you like to do: walk.

Something you wish you’d never done: made up somebody else’s mind for them.

Last best thing you ate: fruit smoothie.

Last thing you regret eating: too much ice cream.

Things you’d walk a mile for: the hell of it.

Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: rescuey, motherly tones.

Things you always put in your books: notes in the margins.
Things you never put in your books: proper bookmarks.

Things to say to an author: “I like (specific detail/part) in your book.”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “that’s deep.”

Favorite places you’ve been: Spain, Redwood Forest, Alaska.

Places you never want to go to again: L.A.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: jumped out of a plane solo.

Something you chickened out from doing: asking her out.


Constantine was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised by his mother and his aunt, with the help of several formative programs: Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, and Sea Scouts. He spent 3 years as the front man for a Tampa ska/punk band: H1N1. After overcoming blind rebellion against "the system," he attended St. Petersburg College for his Associate of Arts, followed by New College of Florida for his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He made his initial escape to Colorado in 2015—degrees in-hand—in search of his independence, dedicating a year of service to City Year Denver of AmeriCorps. There, he discovered a new passion and direction in life: wilderness therapy. He pursued his first and only dream and vision in life with ferocity to become a field guide with Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, completing nearly 550 days in the field. He enjoys writing, tea, cooking, brooding, dancing, yoga, astronomy, reprehensibly long walks, movies, being outdoors, etc. & suchforth.

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